Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love” Is Best Song Of The ’00s, According To ‘NME’

Robbie Daw | May 31, 2012 1:18 pm

For whatever reason, British rock journal NME has painstakingly compiled a list of the 100 Best Tracks Of The ’00s, a good two-to-three years after many other sites and magazines did the same. Perhaps there’s something to be said for letting the dust settle on a decade before tackling the raddest tunes it produced?

At any rate, the publication singled out “Crazy In Love”, the 2003 solo breakout smash from the world’s most beautiful woman, Beyonce, as its top pick from the previous decade. The song features her now-husband, Jay-Z, who also ranked at #32 with the Alicia Keys-featuring “Empire State Of Mind” and #49 with “99 Problems”. See who else made NME‘s cut below.

Bey also pops up at #83, along with her Destiny’s Child bandmates, via their 2001 single “Independent Women Part 1”. Other artists who made the list twice include Outkast (at #5 with “Hey Ya” and #18 with “Ms. Jackson”), Amy Winehouse (#26 with “Rehab” and #61 with “Back To Black”), The Killers (at #41 with “Mr. Brightside” and #95 with “All These Things That I’ve Done”) and Eminem (at #73 with “Without Me” and #90 with “The Real Slim Shady”).

Pop divas made a strong showing as well: Rihanna‘s 2007 smash “Umbrella” is #16, Lily Allen‘s debut hit “Smile” landed at #46, Britney Spears‘ Grammy winner “Toxic” is right behind at #47, Kelis‘ booty-shaker “Milkshake” shook its way to #71 and Kylie Minogue‘s signature song “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” is #74.

Other notable songs NME included: Missy Elliott‘s “Get Ur Freak On” (#36), Girls Aloud‘s “Sound Of The Underground” (#39), Kanye West‘s “Gold Digger” (#40), Daft Punk‘s “Harder, Better, Faster Stronger” (#51), La Roux “In For The Kill” (#52) and Sugababes‘ “Round Round” (#97).

The Top 10 of NME‘s 100 Best Songs Of The ’00s

1. “Crazy In Love”, Beyonce feat. Jay-Z 2. “Time To Pretend”, MGMT 3. “Hard To Explain”, The Strokes 4. “Paper Planes”, M.I.A. 5. “Hey Ya”, Outkast 6. “House Of Jealous Lovers”, The Rapture 7. “Golden Skans”, Klaxons 8. “Out Of Time”, Blur 9. “Rebellion (Lies)”, Arcade Fire 10. “A Certain Romance”, Arctic Monkeys